SpaceX has revealed its plans to launch satellites as part of a global broadband network using its Falcon 9 rocket from 2019. It will then continue to launch communications satellites in waves until 2024. Testing for the satellites will begin later this year, Ars Technica reported1.
SpaceX plans2 to launch 4,425 satellites in total to provide low-latency broadband services around the globe.
Once the technology has been successfully demonstrated, SpaceX will begin a launch campaign of Ka and Ku-Band satellites. Its ability to reuse the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket will provide significant cost savings for the campaign, it added. SpaceX believes its custom-designed low Earth orbit satellites will overcome the challenges similar services face, including high costs.
Each satellite in the SpaceX system provides an aggregate downlink capacity to users ranging from 17Gbps-23Gbps, depending on the gain of the user terminal involved.
Terminals to connect to the network will be about the size of a laptop, and SpaceX plans to launch a tiered service.
It said it intends to bring different packages to the market at different price points to accommodate “a variety of consumer demands.”
- ^ Ars Technica reported (arstechnica.com)
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